Finding Your Personal Style
by Guest Blogger, LV
by Guest Blogger, LV
Style is a subjective view of you in totality. It is knowing who you are, what you want to say and how you want to say it. There is a big difference between being stylish and being trendy. True style can transcend time, but trends come and go. One secret to mastering personal style is knowing how to dress for your body type and knowing what cuts and fits are most flattering to you as an individual. A great way to add longevity to your wardrobe is to invest in classic pieces and quality fabrics that fit well. Use accessories to make a statement and add more panache to classic clothing. Here are some easy tips to help you develop your personal style:
Purge items that no longer fit, or are dated and unflattering. Be ruthless about getting rid of clothes that don’t look good on you, don’t fit right or were just plain old mistakes. Put the clothes that make you feel your most stylish in a pile, gather up clothes that need to be tailored and donate all of the clothes you no longer wear.
♥ Clean out your closet
Look through magazines, browse at blogs, tear pages from magazines and keep a scrapbook or inspiration board of looks that you like. You will begin to notice a pattern of distinct looks that you gravitate towards.
♥ Find Your Inspiration
Step out of your comfort zones and try looks that you think aren’t your style and you might be pleasantly surprised how good you look. Experiment with different cuts, colors, fabrics, and styles such as classic, sophisticated, edgy, eclectic, bohemian, etc. Fashion should be fun and your journey to find your personal style should be enjoyable!
Although it is fun to embrace trends and have the latest looks, every trend will not look good on you. And if you are not careful, you will have a closet full of dated clothing very quickly. Be more frugal with trendy clothing and invest more in clothing that will stand the test of time.
♥ Don’t Be a Slave to Trends
Clothing should fit you perfectly. Do not buy clothing that doesn’t fit just because it’s cheap. If you are planning to have an item tailored, you are better off buying items that are bigger and having them tailored down to your size, rather than the other way around.
♥ Make Sure the Fit is perfect
These clothing essentials are a blank canvas to build your wardrobe around and they will never go out of style. Every woman should have:
♥ Build a Wardrobe With Essentials
- A little Black Dress
- A Classic White Shirt
- A Cashmere Cardigan or Sweater
- A Trench Coat
- Dark Wash Denim Jeans
- Ballet Flats
- A High Heeled Pump
- A Great Handbag
The icing is your accessories. Great accessories help pull your look together. Scarves, bracelets, sunglasses, amazing shoes and handbags can really help take your outfit to the next level. A great pair of shoes can make a ho hum outfit look FABULOUS!
♥ Add "Icing"
♥ Try Different Styles
Another Classic icon is the late Jacqueline Onassis, known by Jackie O all over the world. Her style is also classic and effortless. She made the white slacks and black shirt look famous. And of course those big round sunglasses that so many of us love were a part of her signature look.
No wardrobe is complete without a little black dress. Audrey Hepburn made the little black dress a wardrobe staple for all women. And of course those cute little ballerina flats and cropped slacks were a part of her signature look as were the scarf and sunglasses.
Another great example of classic style is Victoria Beckham
And there are those fun edgy looks we love!
Fashion Can be Bold!
Her effortless style is one that so many women covet.
Fashion is fun and it is not about being perfect. Experiment and find your unique style!
~LV of Food, Fashion, and Flow